Feeling Empowered

Inspired and Grateful “Here’s to strong women, may we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” -Unknown Last month, I was sitting on the couch with a glass of wine enjoying the Golden Globe Awards on TV when Oprah Winfrey came onstage to accept her lifetime achievement award. She talked about women.…

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Quiet

The Importance of Quiet

Hectic World, Hectic Mind With all the changes that have been happening in my world, I’ve just put my head down and gotten to work. The work of unpacking, the work of settling, the work of making life for my kids as familiar as possible…. work, work, work. There’s so much going on that when…

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Hello Spring

I am having a very serious love/hate relationship with spring in Minnesota. I love how the air has turned warmer and the sun has gotten more powerful. I love how the green has returned and the birds are chirping. But I HATE how just when you start to feel happy and warm, it turns cold…

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The Sky Was All Purple

The loss of music icon Prince has been shocking and upsetting to music lovers everywhere. I’m no exception. It’s that “you don’t know whatcha got ’til it’s gone” feeling. Prince has always been there and it seemed as if he always would be. The loss is monumental and I can’t do it justice, but something…

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Surviving Winter

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.…

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True Calling

“That’s f@#&ing amazing!” Those are the words my husband said to me when I told him about an email I had received. But I should back up and start this story from the beginning. A new Minneapolis friend of mine (whom I had only met briefly) graciously went out of her way to invite me…

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Winter Renewal

Living in Minnesota has given me such a wonderful new appreciation for Mother Nature. When you’re a visual person and you are surrounded by ever-changing scenery, there is no shortage of inspiration. I wrote about summer’s illumination here and I documented the awakenings of Fall here. Today I want to talk about Winter. There is…

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Like My Mom

“Those paintings remind me of Mom.” We were sitting in my living room and my brother was looking at three of my paintings that were hanging on the wall. It was so touching to hear him say that because in that very moment I had a huge epiphany. “Yeah they do look like Mom.” I…

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Embracing Change

Sometimes things happen in life and you wonder about the reasons. You look for the lesson. Change. It happens to everyone. Sometimes you are looking for change and sometimes change forces itself upon you and you hastily have to adjust. I can’t help but think of change when I look out my window each day…

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San Miguel de Allende (Part Two)

In my last post, I wrote about the town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I spent a week there at an art journaling workshop led by the incredible Orly Avineri and organized by Rebecca Brooks. This time, I’d like to tell you a little bit more about the workshop itself. Orly is a remarkable…

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